Honors for Four Black Women in Higher Education

Wanda Spurlock, a professor of nursing at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was inducted into the Louisiana State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. A registered nurse for more than 34 years, she specializes in mental health and gerontological nursing.

A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana State University, Dr. Spurlock earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing science from Louisiana State University.

Denise Ghartey has been awarded the Bristol Fellowship by Hamilton College, the highly rated liberal arts institution in Clinton, New York. The Bristol Fellowship offers a $22,000 award for a student who wants to live outside the United States for a period of one year while studying in an area of personal interest. Ghartey will graduate this spring with a degree in Africana studies. She will spend the next year traveling to Germany, England, South African, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago for her research project entitled, “Nowhere and Everywhere: A Cross Cultural Exploration of How Multicultural Young People Explore Their Identities.”

Bernadette Nwafor, professor of education at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the organization, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Professor Nwafor has been on the Claflin faculty for 18 years after teaching in Nigeria and the West Indies.

Dr. Nwafor holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.

Ruth J. Simmons, who is stepping down as president of Brown University this spring, is being honored by the university’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The institute has announced that it is creating the Ruth J. Simmons Scholarship in Urban Education Policy. The scholarship will be awarded to a master’s degree student “who demonstrates the potential to personify President Simmons abiding commitment to educational equity and social justice.”

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